Experience student life throughout the history of Fitchburg State University by viewing newly released digitized documents from the University Archives. Several new digital collections provide access to key publications including yearbooks, student handbooks, student newspapers and course catalogs from the very first class of Fitchburg Normal School in 1895 through to the 21st century.
Combined these collections provide access to more than 35,000 pages of archival material that will provide documentary and photographic evidence of student activities as well as student reactions to regional and national news and trends over more than 100 years. Previously only available for on-site researchers, the materials will now be publicly available online via the Internet Archive, http://digitalarchives.fitchburgstate.edu/ Researchers will be able to search text, view images and download the files in a variety of formats.
This digital project was managed by Kate Wells, Special Collections Librarian, and Robert Foley, Library Director. Digitization was made possible by a grant award from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners as part of the Library Services and Technology Act Grants to States program administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. Through grant making, policy development, and research, IMLS helps communities and individuals thrive through broad public access to knowledge, cultural heritage, and lifelong learning.